Rosie Vanadestine – Executive Director
email@example.com | (207) 453-4258 ext. 213
Rosie Vanadestine is the Executive Director at KVCOG. She has a background in economic and community development and nonprofit management. She served as the Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Bangor prior to coming to KVCOG in 2013. She also served the towns of Lisbon and Fairfield in similar roles. Before coming to Central Maine she was the Director of one of the seven State of Maine Applied Technology Centers. She was also the Director of a 10 town regional Growth Council as well as the Director of a regional Chamber of Commerce both in Western Maine. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta. She is also a graduate of the Sigma Class of Leadership Maine. Rosie serves on many boards, councils and committees including the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, Maine Downtown Advisory Council, Central Maine Growth Council, Somerset Economic Development Corporation, Maine Food Strategy Economic Development Council and others. She is married and has 4 children, 3 stepchildren and 6 granddaughters. In her spare time you will find Rosie on her motorcycle, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting or anything outdoors.
Sarah Ross – Business and Economic Development Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | (207) 453-4258 ext. 223
As Business and Economic Development Manager at KVCOG, Sarah Ross administers the Revolving Loan Fund program and provides assistance in a wide range of economic development projects including the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Maine and is a graduate of the Psi class of Leadership Maine. She shares her home in Clinton with her husband, one beautiful daughter and four furbabies (two dogs and two cats). Outside of work, you’ll find her exploring the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Krista Rogers – Bookkeeper
email@example.com | (207) 453-4258 ext. 212
Krista serves as a Bookkeeper to KVCOG. She is responsible for recording all day-to-day financial transactions and maintains the financial records for the organization and she earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration Accounting from KVCC. She lives in Fairfield with her husband, mischievous toddler son, and a very old grouchy cat. She and her family enjoy collecting and watch movies and TV series, and playing outside-specifically at the beach.
Chris Huck – Planning Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | (207) 453-4258 ext. 222
Chris Huck has been Planning Director at KVCOG since one month before his son was born. (His son is now 23, graduated college, and working in Oregon.) Chris is responsible for the activities of the Community Planners at KVCOG, who assist towns with plans, ordinance-writing and enforcement, mapping, solid waste management, community improvement, and other projects. Chris has authored comprehensive plans for 26 of the towns in the region, as well as several regional plans. His duties include transportation planning activities, demographic analysis, joint purchasing, and efforts to support local agriculture. Chris has degrees in Forestry from Michigan State University and University of Montana.
Joel Greenwood – Community Planner
email@example.com | (207) 453-4258 ext. 219
Joel Greenwood is originally from Manchester, UK and came to Maine in January 2009. He has a background in municipal service, environmental improvement and housing. As the Community Planner at KVCOG he is responsible for assisting with land use issues, comprehensive planning, ordinance writing, bicycle and pedestrian planning, maintaining and utilizing the GIS system. Outside of work Joel lives with his Wife, 2 dogs and 2 cats and enjoys working in animal rescue, hiking and playing and listening to music.
Gail Chase – Community Development Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | (207) 453-4258 ext. 218
Gail Chase has served as KVCOG’s Community Development Manager for ten years. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, came to Maine to attend college, and stayed. She has participated in the business and cultural life Maine as a founder of an alternative cinema, a film distribution company and a film festival, as well as in government as a State Representative and as Maine’s State Auditor. Gail also participates in agricultural activities as a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Kennebec Valley Community and as a member of Waldo Organic Growers. She serves her community as the Treasurer of the Unity Barn Raisers and as a member of the Unity Economic Development Committee. She lives in Unity with her husband Stevan, and an assortment of domestic and barnyard animals. She spins, and dreams of sheep.
Ross Nason – Environmental Planner
email@example.com | (207) 453-4258 ext. 220
Ross Nason is currently the Environmental Planner for KVCOG where he assists members with various technical issues that include transfer station and recycling center planning, design and operations; household hazardous waste collections, and universal waste management. Previously, he managed municipal and regional facilities across Waldo County. Ross is active with many statewide groups including: the Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA), a 300 town municipal recycling cooperative, and Time and Tide, a resource conservation and development organization. Ross is the founding president of NAHMMA New England (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association). Ross holds B.S’ in Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine, where he also completed graduate studies in Bio-Resource Engineering and Public Administration. Ross enjoys fishing, woodworking, and hanging out with his family in the quiet farming community of Palmyra.